Tanzania's best wildlife safari
Imagine yourself on the vast plains of Serengeti amidst a herd of wildebeest, zebras and antelope as lions choose their prey from the multitudes before them. You are a close observer as the drama of predator versus prey unfolds before your eyes.
Your adventure takes you through three of the most spectacular parks in Tanzania with a chance to see "the big five" and so many more stunning and majestics creatures. Your local guide will share a wealth of knowledge about each creature you see from leopards in the treetops to the massive elephants on the plains.
At night, retire to your luxury camp where you can enjoy a drink with a delicious homemade dinner. Sleep comfortably at night, the sounds of wild Africa around you.
Explore the wonders of Tanzanian wildlife across the golden African plains with the option of a week beforehand climbing the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Itinerary Quick View
DAY 1: Arrive in Tanzania, transfer to hote in Machame (return from Kilimanjaro climb)
DAY 2: Depart Machame, drive to Lake Manyara, afternoon game drive
DAY 3: Morning game drive in Ngorogoro, transfer to Serengeti Camp
DAY 4: Game drive in Serengeti, evening at Serengeti Camp
DAY 5: Morning game drive, return to hotel in Machame
DAY 6: Depart for home
Arrive in Moshi
After landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be greeted and transfered to your hotel in Moshi. For those on the Mount Kilimanjaro trek, you will be returning to Moshi on this day. Tomorrow, we will begin our Wildlife Safari.
Lake Manyara National Park
Today, we'll depart Machame and begin our drive into the wilderness in our private jeep. As we ride, we'll see the landscape slowly change from bustling cities, to small villages, and eventually to the unique landscape of the Rift Valley. We'll enter Lake Manyara National Park this afternoon, and be treated to our first views of the stunning animals that call it home. This park boasts both dense wooded areas and wide open plains around the lake. Animals gather for the life-giving water of Lake Manyara and we'll soon be surrounded by elephants, water buffalo, hippos, and babboons. Tonight, we'll retire to a beautiful camp with comfortable beds for a delicious dinner and sleep.
Ngorogoro Crater and Serentgeti
Begin with an early morning departure to head to Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which lies between the Lake Manyara National Parks the Serengeti, boasts the largest unbroken, inactive, and unflooded caldera in the world. Perhaps having once been about the same size as Mount Kilimanjaro, when the volcanic activity subsided it collapsed inward, resulting in a crater 11 miles across. You’ll have a picnic lunch at the bottom of the Ngorongoro crater in mid afternoon, before beginning your ascent back up the sides of the crater.
Deemed the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is about 68 square kilometers in area and the floor lies over 700 meters below its rim from which there are breathtaking views. Its enclosed area affords guaranteed views of game, including the endangered black rhino. Its soda lake hosts a large flock of lesser flamingoes.
The crater is one of the most densely crowded game areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals. Supported by year round supply of water and fodder, the park supports a vast variety of animals, which include vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland warthog, hippo, giant elephants and a small population of black rhino. Another big draw to this picturesque park is it dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals cheetahs and the ever elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot.
From here, you'll drive into the legendary Serengeti National Park, the largest national park in Tanzania, which covers 14,763 square kilometers at an altitude of 1,737 meters. It is true to its Maasai name, Siringet, meaning endless plains. Keep your eyes peeled for predators getting their last meal before the night sets in. Our home will be in a stunning camp with views of the plains.
Serengeti National Park
Today, spend the whole day exploring Serengeti. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.
As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. And there are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.
This evening, enjoy a drink fireside, perhaps watching the rains roll by miles and miles in the distance, imagining the millions of birds and beasts among the plains, refreshed by the evening storms.
Serengeti, Return to Machame
Awake early for one final game drive, perhaps to spot leopards sleeping in their treetop beds or see the Hyenas scavenging after the night's hunt. We'll say goodbye to the endless plains and begin the drive back to Machame. Stopping one last time for views of the Ngorogoro crater from above, we'll enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing on to our final night in Africa, back at our hotel in Machame.
Final Day in Tanzania
After an amazing experience in wild Tanzania, today is your chance for last-minute shopping before being transported to the airport.
- Hotel before and after safari
- Transportation to and from airport
- Accommodations in luxury camps throughout safari
- All park entry fees
- Ranger and accommodation fees
- All vehicle costs in a 4WD custom safari vehicle
- Services of fully qualified, experienced, English-speaking driver/guide
- Meals on safari
- Services of cook
- All camping equipment
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- International Airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Tips for your driver/guide/cook/porters
- Soft drinks or alcohol
ACCOMMODATIONS BEFORE AND AFTER SAFARI
Clean, comfortable and environmentally conscious bed and breakfast with spacious grounds and tropical garden. Rooms are double occupancy. Single occupancy may be added for additional cost.
ACCOMMODATIONS DURING SAFARI
During the safari, you'll be staying in luxury camps. Camps are made of semi-permanent, double occupancy canvas tents. Each tent as two full sized beds and most have running water and full western bathrooms. Camps also include a common area for dinner and relaxation.
Three meals a day are provided including delicious vegetarian options. We provide a variety of foods to permit varied meals. Breakfasts will include foods such as eggs, sausage, toast or pancakes, hot cereal, fruit and juice, tea or coffee. Dinners will include meat dishes of beef, chicken or fish, fresh vegetable dishes, pasta, rice, potatoes, homemade soups, fresh fruits, desserts, juice, tea, coffee.
Cancellations within 90 days of departure are non-refundable. Cancellations before 90 days of departure will receive a full refund (minus transaction fees of 5%).
Accommodations for the night before and after your safari are included in the package. Your stay will be at the hotel Aishi Machame, which is also the base hotel for the Kilimajaro climb. If you'd like to add on an additional evening before or after your trip, that can be arranged for an additional fee.
During the Safari, you'll be staying in a full service lodge (night two) and a semi-permanent luxury camp (nights three and four). These locations have been selected for their comfort, conveninece, and accommodating staff. Kirurumu lodge is located in the Lake Manyara region. Acacia Camp is located in the central Serengeti. Meals will be served in the dining rooms at both locations and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase each evening.